Guterres calls on guarantor states to protect civilians in northwestern Syria

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on parties to the conflict in northwestern Syria to protect the civilians from shelling and called on Russia to help in the enforcement of ceasefire.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Monday that he was concerned about what was going on in northwestern Syria, noting, "On 5 May, three medical centers were hit by air strikes, raising the number of facilities that have been attacked since 28 April to at least seven centers."

The statement assured, "The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres urges all parties to respect the international law and protect civilians, and he calls upon the belligerents to commit themselves to respecting the cease-fire arrangements signed on 17 September."

The statement said, "The Secretary-General is following with great concern the escalation of hostilities in north-west Syria between the Syrian government forces and their allies on the one hand and the armed opposition forces and Hayet Tahrir al-Sham on the other hand."

Fighting between the regime's forces and the mercenary gangs of Turkey escalated after a failed round of Astana meetings in late April, as the regime and Russia's warplanes have been heavily bombarding areas controlled by Turkey's mercenaries in northwestern Syria.

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ANHA 


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